Good Scope, Good Mount, Bad Weather

Really? It’s May…. What the Heck is going on? I guess it’s my own fault. I bought the new gear last year… A new mount, a new scope, new cameras. So now the weather gods have come to take their revenge. Seriously though, this year has been dreadful so far. I’ve really only had one … Read more

Astrophotography: Why do I do this?

I actually think about this question often, although it’s usually in response to a question like: Why don’t you travel to Arizona or other darker/warmer area? or, Why not set up and use a remote dark site observatory? They’re good questions, and I often think through the issues, but I always ultimately end up with … Read more

Building an Observatory 1st Find a Location

When we moved to Wenatchee in Eastern Washington, the thought was to put an observatory in the yard of wherever our home turned out to be. However, I found there was nearly as much light pollution in our new location as there was at our previous home over on the Seattle side of the Cascades. … Read more

Building an Observatory 2nd Now comes the work

With the land purchased, corners found, building site location set, the process of building an observatory and 2nd observing platform begins: First, we had to have a “driveway” cut in up to the observatory location.   Getting the foundation for pier I (which is steel) done, and pier II is ready for concrete.   My … Read more

January 2018…. Ouch…. The Blog crashed!

I went to go check on this blog to be sure things were Okay so I could show a friend how I built my Observatory.  Aaaack!!  This blog wouldn’t even open.  After much anger, angst, and work, I was able to partially restore it.  However I lost several posts…..  and I have no record of … Read more